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Capitol Quotes: May 31, 2013

“I’m not really getting a lot of support from folks (in the Legislature), so I’m going to step aside and try to find other ways.” — House Speaker Andy Tobin, R-Paulden, announcing he is dropping an effort to send the question of Medicaid expansion to voters.

“July 1st usually forces something, not necessarily good, but it forces something.” — Republican Rep. John Kavanagh on when a state budget might be finished.

“The Legislature should exist in order to get it right, not to get things done quickly.” — Republican Rep. Adam Kwasman advocating for staying in session as long as it takes to craft a conservative budget that doesn’t include Medicaid expansion.

“It’s a liberal budget, it came in as a compromise and then it got bloated, and now it’s just the worst of both worlds — you have a bloated budget and you have Medicaid expansion.’’ — Republican Rep. Warren Petersen on the Senate budget proposal.

“(The law) turns Asian-American women into suspects.”  — Miriam Yeung, executive director of the National Asia Pacific American Women’s Forum, on the reasoning behind a lawsuit to overturn a law outlawing abortions carried out to prevent the births of females and minority babies.

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These members of the Martin Gold family are standing in front of the first large steam engine and threshing machine in the Phoenix area. They are, from left, Martin Gold; his daughter, Rose; an unidentified farmhand; Gold’s daughter, Helen; Dave Martinez; an unidentified young woman; and Gold’s stepson, Ulysses Schofield. The photograph was taken during the harvest in July 1914. Gold brought the first steam thresher to Phoenix.

Martin Gold, Phoenix pioneer (access required)

By all accounts, Martin Gold was a humble and hard-working man. He was popular among the immigrant community, especially the Mexicans—who called him Don Martin—because of his facility with languages.